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Written on Monday, February 20th, 2017


BTAIM – Tecture – Lord Of Mech – BTAIM 006


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BTAIM resumes its line of raw techno templates with a pair of stripped-back but funked-up floor killers. Promising Berlin-upstart Tecture draws inspiration both from his hometown as well as Detroit, delivering two highly effective yet emotive club weapons. Their bold basement vibe may seem grim on the surface, but they glimmer with hope underneath. It is this very interplay between murk and melancholy that embodies the record with dynamic textures and a narrative. In similar fashion Trevino pairs imposing low end rumble and bright arps, reworking the title track into his own DnB-reminiscent signature style. With the addition of BTAIM006 to their catalogue, both artist and label have placed themselves on this year‘s watch lists for sure.



A: How To Open Prime Time

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B1: Lord Of Mech

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B2: Lord Of Mech (Trevino Remix)

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DUM Records – Mono Junk – Halo – DUM038


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Raw minimal techno specialist Mono Junk is back with a selection of new material on his own DUM Records. Having pioneered key techno sounds as far back as 1990, more than 20 years later the influential Finnish artist is still on top of his game.
Up first is Halo, nine minutes of edgy techno with a nervy lead synth snaking around in paranoid fashion. Rolling drums set a direct groove in motion below and the whole thing will be brilliantly hypnotic on the dance floor. Halo 2 is a hallucinogenic bit of ambient with celestial drones and icy synth prickles making for a tense interlude, then Musta Peili is all fucked up and scuzzy, study and disrupted. Sounding like a slowed-down techno track heard though a freezing snow blizzard, it is masterfully textured. Farewell closes out the EP with an intergalactic bit of glassy melodic techno that will have you up on your toes.



A1: Halo

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A2: Halo 2

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B1: Musta Peili

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B2: Farewell

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Ilian Tape – Various Artists – A Decade Ilian Tape – ITLP03


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When we started Ilian Tape 10 years ago in 2007, we were both basically kids at the ages of 23 (Dario) and 18 (Marco). There was no plan behind it, no concept, no promotion campaign or any budget, but just an early vision of where it could go. We wanted to build something that lasts. After a few years of playing at parties and producing music, it was the next logical step to start a label. You can clearly see us growing up through the label in terms of artwork, compiling the records and handling things. We made some mistakes along the way and there are surely things we could have done better, but looking back after 10 years now it all makes sense as it was a natural and human development with all its ups and downs.
It was always a very personal project, never about making money, but about creating a platform for music we believe in and building relationships with artists in a transparent and fair way. We really appreciate that we were able to work with so many great artists, who shared the same vision and trusted in us, over all the years. A while ago we moved away from the ordinary release info write ups, because in general writing about music is tricky and who isn’t tired of the typical, full of praise for every detail of a record, release texts?
But this might be starting to get boring for you too, so just buy this lovely triple vinyl package including a poster and download code, light one up and turn up the volume!
One last thing though – we want to deeply thank our parents for teaching us to live our dreams and find out who we really are, our friends for the vibes and honesty, all the artists releasing on the label, all the supporters & fans for buying vinyl and files, all the DJ’s playing out the stuff, all the diggers selling the stuff overpriced on Discogs, all the dancers working out on the dancefloors & all the clubs doing label nights over all the years.



A1: Skee Mask – Excess Signal

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A2: Struction – Seel

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B1: Stenny – P-Zone

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B2: Zenker Brothers – Haras

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C1: Seelow – KKid_V2

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C2: Marco Zenker – Sumit

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D1: Rupcy – Straits

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D2: Andrea – Blew

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E1: Regen – Dome

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E2: Roger 23 – Of Poor Quality And Method Of Communication

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F1: Andrés Zacco – Shapes

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F2: Dario Zenker – Tilian

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Klamauk – Moony Me – Contemplatin’ EP – Klak 009


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Klamauk is back and ready to drop their first release of 2017 with this excellent cut from Moony Me. The Austrian artist has already turned heads with a string of quality records dropping since 2012 and this current release is up to his usual high standards channelling deep, sample driven house vibes. The EP opens with “City of Storms”, a knowing nod to soulful Chicago and a lovely Iron Curtis rework that seriously does the business. Over on the flip we have “Puzzle Shuffle” which packs lots of energy with the main hook, and will surely be a hit on the dancefloor. For “Glass Jungle Chant” Moony Me uses a lighter touch with intricate live percussion, lovely chords and a squelchy sub bass.



A1: City Of Storms

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A2: City Of Storms (Iron Curtis remix)

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B1: Puzzle Shuffle

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B2: Glass Jungle Chant

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